Ag News

Pork and poultry production are increasing.  There are more of them, and they’re heavier.  Beef production, on the other hand, will take a while to catch up.  Market consultant Darrell Holaday with Advanced Market Concepts tells Brownfield Ag News that more plentiful feed supplies have resulted in corresponding increases in supplies of pork and poultry.  Holaday’s take on the settlement of the work slowdown at West Coast ports is that it’s a positive move, but he says market effects of the event will linger.  At the Missouri Farm Bureau Commodity Conference, where Holaday spoke, he also talked about supply and...
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The National Corn Growers Association honored Frankton, Indiana farmer Mike Shuter with its Good Steward Award during Commodity Classic. For over 20 years, he has been implementing conservation practices on his farm to not only protect and improve the soil, but, he says, to increase yield.  “Back in the mid-80’s we were no-tilling corn into soybean stubble,” he says.  “Now we’ve developed that system to where we’re no-tilling beans into corn stalks, strip-tilling corn either into corn stalks or bean stubble.  And, we’re using cover crops in the system.” Shuter tells Brownfield implementing conservation practices are key to ensuring future...
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Probiotics used in the equine industry help to regulate the intestinal bacteria flora.  Kevin Roche, CEO of ProBiostatin Livestock says the use of probiotics helps to provide the protection the horses’ immune system and intestinal tracts need. http://cdn.brownfieldagnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Hoofbeat.mp3 The post Benefits of using probiotics in horses appeared first on http://brownfieldagnews.com.      
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Across the Corn Belt, frigid conditions are maintaining stress on livestock, although most of the Midwestern winter wheat crop retains a protective snow cover. Friday morning’s temperatures plunged below 0° as far south as the middle Mississippi Valley and fell below -20° in parts of the upper Midwest. On the Plains, cold weather persists. The lack of a protective snow cover remains a concern for winter wheat in many areas from Montana to Nebraska, where widespread sub-zero temperatures were noted early Friday. In contrast, snow is providing beneficial moisture and insulation for wheat on the southern High Plains. In the...
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising given...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill is encouraging farmers to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Hill says the EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act would give the federal government jurisdiction over essentially all farmland in the state of Iowa. AUDIO: Craig Hill (5:47 MP3) Link to Iowa Farm...Read the full story... »     
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At the Iowa Pork Congress on Wednesday, attendees received an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). One of the presenters was Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.   In this interview with Brownfield, Dr. Baker says there are signs that the spread of virus may be slowing down....Read the full story... »     
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